Standard MEMS Inc. announced the opening of its 15,000 square foot Microphotonics Technology Center located in Southbridge, Mass. The Microphotonics Group will focus on MOEMS (Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems), MOEMS component packaging, integrated optics, fiber optics, active and passive photonic components, and optical systems integration. The Microphontonics Technology Center adds to Standard MEMS' current strength in optical, electrical, mechanical, and material science fields providing the necessary skill set to invent, design, simulate, fabricate, and test microphotonic components and subsystems in support of product development programs for our customers. "Applications for photonic MEMS are rapidly expanding," said Nicholas E. Ortyl, President and CEO of Standard MEMS. "In the telecommunications segment, there are major opportunities for photonic MEMS in optical core and edge switches, and substantial opportunities in other optical networking components including, signal attenuators, power level equalizers in dense wavelength division multiplexing systems, polarization mode dispersion compensators, and tunable optical sources. The Standard MEMS, Inc. Microphotonics Technology Center is a natural extension of the Company's technological resources and allows us to provide our customers with dedicated avenue for development of photonic MEMS devices."